Upon arrival, officers found a co-worker performing CPR on the man and made contact with an acquaintance who said the man had been using opiates, police said.
Recognizing a probable overdose in progress, officers quickly deployed Narcan and continued CPR, police said. The man eventually began breathing, regained consciousness and was transported to the hospital. Police did not reveal any other details or specifics about the incident.
PPD officers have been carrying Narcan (the brand name for naloxone) since January 2018, according to police.
"When used during an opioid overdose, Narcan prevents the opioid from attaching to the opioid receptor in the nervous system. In other words, Narcan blocks the effects of opioids and reverses overdose symptoms," police said. "Narcan is an antidote for opioids only."
PPD officers recently received new kits containing more doses of the lifesaving tool to combat the increasing potency of today's opiates, police said. "Since Pleasanton police officers are often the first emergency responders to arrive at a local overdose incident, equipping them with Narcan is key to safeguarding lives," they added.
Police noted the effects of Narcan wear off well before the effects of the drugs, so it is vital to continue medical care for anyone treated with Narcan by taking them to the nearest hospital.
Department officials also reminded residents that if they think someone is experiencing a drug overdose, they should call 9-1-1 immediately. Symptoms include pinpoint pupils; pulse that is slowed, erratic or non-existent; and breathing that is shallow, slowed or otherwise difficult, including gurgling or choking noises.
In other business
* A 70-year-old Santa Rita Jail inmate died early Sunday morning from injuries suffered in a beating, and the man's cellmate has been arrested in connection with the lethal assault inside a cell in the Dublin jail, according to an Alameda County Sheriff's sergeant.
Alameda County Sheriff's deputies found Cesar Augusto Pajuelo on the floor of his cell at about 6 a.m. Sunday, "severely injured and unresponsive," Sheriff's Sgt. Ray Kelly said in a statement. Pajuelo was taken to Stanford Health Care-ValleyCare Medical Center in Pleasanton, where he later died from his injuries.
Kelly said Pajuelo's cellmate, 19-year-old Paul Stefano who was in the cell with Pajuelo when deputies found the injured inmate, was then arrested on suspicion of murder.
No motive for the sudden violent attack had been established by late Sunday afternoon, Kelly said.
Pajuelo had been at Santa Rita Jail since February 2018, having been booked on charges of lewd and lascivious acts on a child under 14, and for continuous sexual abuse on a child under 14.
Stefano had been booked into custody at Santa Rita on March 6 for auto theft and possession of a stolen vehicle, Kelly said.
Alameda County Sheriff's detectives and crime lab personnel were still at the scene late Sunday conducting interviews and otherwise investigating.
* Dublin police recently arrested a Pleasanton man on suspicion of robbing a credit union in the Dublin Place shopping center.
Dillon Costello, 29, was booked into Santa Rita Jail on suspicion of robbery, parole violation and probation violation, according to Lt. Victor Fox.
The investigation unfolded just before 11 a.m. Feb. 26, when Dublin Police Services officers were called to the Patelco Credit Union to investigate a robbery that just occurred, Fox said.
Officers were told a man entered the building and handed the teller a handwritten demand note. The robber received $202 in cash from the register, left the bank and ran toward Burlington Coat Factory, Fox said.
Multiple Dublin police units responded and searched the area, but the robber was not found that day.
Subsequent investigation led Dublin police to identify their lead suspect as Costello, Fox said.
The Pleasanton man was found in the area of Canyon Meadows Circle on Feb. 27 and placed under arrest, the lieutenant added. He alleged Costello was still dressed in the same clothes used during the robbery and was found in possession of the same cash stolen from Patelco.
* A 23-year-old man was found dead in a San Ramon parking lot Tuesday morning after bystanders reported finding him unresponsive in a car, according to San Ramon police Capt. Cary Goldberg.
Police were dispatched to the Safeway parking lot on Bollinger Canyon Road at approximately 6 a.m. Tuesday, where they found the unidentified man had already died, Goldberg said. The cause of death is still unknown.
Goldberg added that there was no "external threat to public safety involved in this incident," and further investigation into the man's death will be conducted by the Contra Costa County Coroner's Office.
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